Not surprisingly, most of the nominees are white and male. Among the major acting nominations, Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) is the only performer of color who was nominated. In the directing category, Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) is the only non Caucasian to receive the nomination.
Not that those who were nominated don’t deserve their nominations, but there is something to be said for representation. Two of my favorite movies from 2019 are Little Women and The Farewell. Both were directed by women and both were brilliant films. Little Women has 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Farewell has a98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And yet, in the major categories, did not receive their due.
I don’t know what is in the water in Hollywood. But it feels like like a slap in the face. It’s as if the powers that be are either afraid of diversity or don’t want it. They are content with the status quo which holds up their place in the world.
It’s 2020. It’s time for women and people of color to be seen and given the opportunity to succeed in Hollywood. But that will only happen when the Academy finally admits that they have a problem with diversity.
Joker: In this re imagined world from that Batman universe, Joaquin Phoenix adds new layers to this iconic character while talking frankly about mental illness.
The Song of Names: Based on the book of the same name, the film follows a man who is trying to discover the secrets of a missing childhood friend.
Frozen II: This sequel to the mega-hit Frozen was well worth the six year wait. Instead of doing a slap-dash direct to video type sequel, the filmmakers expanded this world in new ways, making the story even more relevant.
This will be my last post for 2019. Wherever you are, thank you for reading this year. May 2020 be bright and hopeful.
There are two thoughts when it comes to The Oscars. One thought is that this is Hollywood presenting awards to their best and brightest films and those who contributed to making those films. The other thought is that this is Hollywood giving itself a self-congratulatory pat on the back.
It was announced yesterday that starting in 2020, changes will be made to the Oscar ceremony. The changes are as follows:
Pushing up the air date from the end of February to the beginning of February.
Cutting down the length of the show from four hours to three hours by announcing some awards during commercial breaks. The announcement of the winners of these categories will added later in the broadcast.
Creating a new category entitled “Outstanding Achievement In Popular Film”.
I have to admit that I agree with these changes. Let’s be honest, the Oscars can be boring. As important as categories such as lighting design and set design are, the average movie fan is not watching for these categories. It’s the acting nominees that we care about. Those are the ones that we stay up late to watch.
I also appreciate the new category. It will hopefully give a spotlight to films that are appreciated by fans, but are often overlooked by the Academy because they are not as artsy as other films.
Only time will tell if the changes will raise the declining ratings of the Oscars. I personally hope they do, because I enjoy watching the Oscars, but that is my opinion.